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Councils call for £500m to upgrade outdated leisure centres

27/01/2020

A quarter of all council-run leisure centres have not been refurbished in more than 20 years, new figures have revealed.

Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

24/01/2020

London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

Think tank launches new strategy to tackle ‘poor health outcomes’

24/01/2020

The King’s Fund has announced a new strategy which places a ‘stronger focus’ on improving health and care services for people who currently have the poorest health outcomes.

Dementia patients being 'stranded' in hospitals

22/01/2020

More than 1,000 people with dementia are being admitted into A&E every day, new data has revealed.

Commission calls for action on ‘unequal risk of mental ill health’

21/01/2020

Some groups of people have a much higher risk of poor mental health than others, the Commission for Equality in Mental Health has found.

Regional inequality impacts girls’ ‘quality of life’

20/01/2020

Inequality between the UK’s regions means that some girls are being ‘left behind’, a children’s charity has warned.

London boroughs welcome ‘substantial progress’ in reducing HIV

17/01/2020

Local authorities in London have welcomed new figures which show substantial progress on reducing HIV rates in the capital.

Two million private renters made ill by housing worries, poll reveals

15/01/2020

Worries over private renting is causing millions of people to become physically ill or sick, a new survey has revealed.

Air pollution 'major public health emergency’, charity warns

13/01/2020

Heart and circulatory disease deaths attributed to particulate matter air pollution could exceed 160,000 over the next decade in the UK, according to a health charity.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Road run-off 'is pollution risk to London rivers'

02/01/2020

Sadiq Khan has called for more Government cash to tackle road run-off after a ‘pioneering’ study found that it is a pollution risk to the capital’s rivers.

Council chiefs warn of ‘bogus' Christmas taxi drivers

20/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned revellers of the dangers of unlicensed rogue drivers around Christmas time.

Half of young carers ‘feel responsible’ for providing a good Christmas

20/12/2019

Nearly half of young carers feel responsible for giving their family a good Christmas, according to a new survey.

Visionary housing for the elderly

19/12/2019

A project in London has linked private and public sectors to provide quality care for older people alongside a block of luxury apartments, Mark Whitehead says.

Elderly save the state £23bn a year by providing unpaid care

19/12/2019

A new study has revealed how some of the oldest in society save the health and care system £23bn a year by providing free care to loved ones.

Cornwall Council launches tree planting drive

18/12/2019

Cornwall Council’s flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall will be officially launched next week at a community planting day in Saltash.

Oxford CC publishes £19m climate emergency budget

17/12/2019

Oxford City Council has outlined a £19m climate emergency budget to help the authority become a zero carbon council in 2020.

City of London Corporation launches UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street

17/12/2019

A busy thoroughfare in the City of London is set to become the UK’s first street where polluting vehicles are banned all year round.

Foster carers experience high-levels of ‘burnout’, study reveals

16/12/2019

Psychologists have called for more support to be provided to foster carers after a new study reveals the extent of ‘burnout’ in the sector.

PM told to ‘reset the dial for local government’

16/12/2019

Local government professionals have written to the new Prime Minister urging him to provide councils with ‘immediate’ financial certainty for next year.

‘Vast majority’ of council vehicles run on diesel despite pollution concerns

11/12/2019

Over 90% of vehicles operated by local authorities run on diesel despite council efforts to tackle air pollution, new research has revealed.

New figures reveal exercise inequalities

06/12/2019

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers.

Air pollution like smoking 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns

05/12/2019

People living in areas that have high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking over 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Lincolnshire health visitors to strike amid pay dispute with council

19/11/2019

A number of health visitors in Lincolnshire started a month-long strike yesterday over what they describe as the council’s ‘divide and rule’ policy.

Guide to help councils look after people with ‘several health problems’ published

19/11/2019

A new guidebook shows how people with several health problems can best be looked after by local authorities and other agencies working together.

Social prescribing does not achieve ‘meaningful’ health outcomes, study says

19/11/2019

Council chiefs have defended social prescribing after researchers argue the practice does not ‘achieve meaningful levels’ of health and well-being changes.

Children do less exercise as they get older, research reveals

14/11/2019

Primary school children do less exercise as they get older, according to new research.

Only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment, health experts say

08/11/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the next Government to reverse public health cuts as figures reveal only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment.

MPs call for ‘decriminalising’ drug possession

23/10/2019

MPs have called for a ‘radical change’ to drugs policy as a report warns the rate of drug-related deaths has risen to ‘the scale of a public health emergency’.

DWP admits overestimating number of disabled people due benefit refunds

21/10/2019

The Department for Work and Pensions has overestimated the number of sick and disabled people due benefit refunds.

Charity calls for ‘whole Government approach’ to health of young people

16/10/2019

Whitehall should transform its policies across housing, transport and education in order to secure the future health of today’s young people, charity says.

£2m loneliness fund launched

15/10/2019

The Government has launched a new £2m fund to help support grassroots organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness.

Queen's Speech 19: Brexit, health and devo at the heart of Government plans

14/10/2019

Brexit, the NHS and devolution are at the heart of the next round of Government legislation as outlined in the first Queen’s Speech today.

Around 58,000 reception-aged children obese, data shows

11/10/2019

New figures from the NHS have revealed that obesity levels among reception-aged schoolchildren in England have increased.

Council chiefs call for ‘properly resourced’ plan to improve health visiting

10/10/2019

Council leaders have called for a ‘properly resourced’ plan to encourage closer working between health visitors and other local authority services.

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

20/09/2019

The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

Smoking rates dropping at fastest rate in a decade

19/09/2019

The number of adult smokers fell by 2.2% in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Health charity warns of ‘systematic failure’ in adult social care

30/08/2019

The Government must spend an extra £7.5bn a year by 2023/24 to stabilise and reform adult social care in England, a new report has argued.

Council chiefs back campaign promoting physical activity

29/08/2019

Local authority leaders are backing a campaign to help the 15 million people who live with long-term health conditions in England do more physical activity.

Greater Manchester to invest over £14m in ‘digital transformation'

29/08/2019

Greater Manchester is set to see £14.3m invested into digital transformation which aims to allow the safe and secure sharing of health-related information.

Over one billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, charity says

29/08/2019

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, although campaigners argue this number could be higher if stop smoking service cuts were reversed.

Housing crisis forcing 1.3 million children to live in ‘overcrowded’ conditions

22/08/2019

A new study has revealed that more than one in 10 children in England are living in overcrowded homes because of a lack of suitable housing.

Court upholds abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

22/08/2019

The Court of Appeal has upheld Ealing Council’s protest-free ‘buffer zone’ which is located outside of an abortion clinic in the London borough.

Over 10 million patients in hospitals with ‘dangerous pollution levels’

19/08/2019

Nearly a quarter of hospitals in England are located in areas with poor air quality, new research reveals.

New partnership to boost HealthTech innovation across Leeds

15/08/2019

A new cross-sector partnership has been signed to boost health technology innovation across the Leeds City Region.

Havant BC calls for better water quality testing

02/08/2019

Havant Borough Council is proposing to form a partnership with other local authorities to lobby for further water quality testing and monitoring.

Impact of Integrated Care Fund 'remains unclear'

18/07/2019

The impact of the Integrated Care Fund in Wales remains ‘unclear’ despite a £385m investment, the Auditor General has warned today.

Next PM has ‘100 days’ to save local government

15/07/2019

A think tank has called on the next Prime Minister to announce a one year emergency local government finance settlement during their first 100 days in office.

Rudd orders ‘evaluation’ of benefits for people with terminal illnesses

12/07/2019

Amber Rudd has asked the DWP to set up an 'honest and in depth evaluation' of how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of their life.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Whitehall announces £135m for health and social care system

11/07/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound investment to help tackle the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

A war on pesticides?

10/07/2019

With 40 councils now banning the use of Roundup over safety fears, Mark Whitehead finds out why the debate on using chemicals to kill weeds continues to rage.

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

10/07/2019

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

Free HPV vaccination to be offered to boys

09/07/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that from boys will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time.

Air pollution ‘shortening the lives of children’, report reveals

08/07/2019

A new study has revealed that air pollution could be shortening the lives of children in Birmingham by seven months.

Health and wellbeing boards make ‘real difference’, council chiefs say

03/07/2019

Boards set up to promote collaboration between health and social care professionals are achieving success, according to local government leaders.

Policies to clean up air pollution ‘effective’, research suggests

27/06/2019

Policies to clean up air pollution in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in human exposure to air pollution, research suggests.

Over 500,000 social housing tenants in poverty due to smoking

27/06/2019

Over half a million social housing tenants are living in poverty due to the cost of smoking, anti-smoking campaigners say.

Thousands of overspill beds being used for routine care, report says

24/06/2019

Hospital beds that are supposed to be used only during emergencies and periods of high demand are being utilised for routine care, investigation reveals.

Cuts impacting on oral health in care homes, council chiefs warn

24/06/2019

Care home residents are not supported to ‘maintain and improve’ their oral health, the national health and social care regulator has revealed.

Service launched to help 55,000 children who are addicted to gambling

24/06/2019

The NHS has announced the launch of the health service’s first young people’s gambling addiction service to help tackle the ‘scourge’ of problem gambling.

Sure Start had ‘major benefits’ for disadvantaged children, think tank says

04/06/2019

The twenty-year-old childcare programme has had major health benefits for children in poorer neighbourhoods, a new analysis reveals.

Over 14 million people live with more than one long-term condition, study shows

22/05/2019

Almost one in four people are living with long-term multiple health conditions, according to new research.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

Thousands with arthritis unaware of available council support, survey finds

08/05/2019

Thousands of people with arthritis are unaware of how to access support from their local council, a new survey has revealed.

Charity calls for £2.4bn Dementia Fund

08/05/2019

A report calling for a new £2.4bn Dementia Fund has received backing from 68 cross-party MPs.

Digital health hub to be rolled out after ‘successful’ pilot

01/05/2019

A digital health and wellbeing learning centre is to be scaled up across England after a successful pilot, NHS Digital has announced.

Councils need more powers to tackle junk food adverts, campaigners say

24/04/2019

Campaigners have called for local authorities to be given more powers to push back against junk food advertising.

Don’t play the hokey-cokey with health

18/04/2019

Local government has turned public health around despite funding cuts. Now it not the time to think about returning the service to the NHS, argues Nathan Elvery.

Digital portal showing care home vacancies launched

16/04/2019

Local authorities have partnered with the NHS to provide a new digital portal which shows how many vacancies there are in local care homes.

Primary schools to be provided with free sanitary products

16/04/2019

Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early next year, the Government has announced.

Council proposes introducing more smoke-free spaces

12/04/2019

Derbyshire residents could soon be asked to decide on whether they want more smoke-free places in their county.

London councils agree to 4,000 extra places on HIV trial

12/04/2019

The capital’s boroughs have agreed to provide over 4,000 extra places on a trial of HIV prevention medicine.

NHS commits nearly £5m to digital adult social care projects

02/04/2019

Local government leaders have urged councils to bid for money to improve the use of technology for adult social care services.

SD-WAN expert video: health sector

28/03/2019

BT Expert / SD-WAN – Keiron Salt on health sector

Charity calls for free personal care for elderly

27/03/2019

Campaigners have called on councillors to back a call for free personal care for the over-65s.

Government announces nearly £400,000 to tackle FGM

27/03/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced £375,000 of funding to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent investment’ in children's health visitors

21/03/2019

The health visiting service is ‘stretched to its limits’ due to underinvestment and a shrinking workforce, local authority leaders have warned.

Councils forced to slash stop smoking services

15/03/2019

Government cuts mean only half of local authorities now offer smokers the best support to quit, according to campaigners.

Council bans anti-abortion protests near clinic

07/03/2019

Richmond has prohibited anti-abortion protests outside a pregnancy advisory clinic after a consultation revealed the majority of residents supported a ban.

Public satisfaction with the NHS falls to lowest level in a decade, survey reveals

07/03/2019

A poll of nearly 3,000 people found that 53% of the those surveyed in England, Scotland and Wales were satisfied with services last year.

Council chiefs call for funds to tackle tooth decay

06/03/2019

Cuts in public health funding must be reversed to tackle tooth decay in children, local government leaders have demanded.

Councils have delivered on public health despite cuts, report reveals

04/03/2019

Local authority delivery of public health is ‘effective, accountable, efficient’ despite losing millions in central Government cuts, data reveals.

Planners ‘must do more’ to protect people from pollution

28/02/2019

The Government's health advisers say planning authorities must make sure new building projects protect people from air pollution.

Whitehall to expand access to personal health budgets by 200,000

21/02/2019

Hundreds of thousands more people will be able to access personal health budgets, the Government has announced.

Treatment cut despite ‘soaring’ alcohol-related A&E admissions

11/02/2019

Councils are reducing spending on alcohol and drug treatment services despite ‘soaring’ numbers of hospital admissions due to alcohol misuse, FOI data reveals.

Council to provide free sanitary products in all its buildings

18/01/2019

Free sanitary products are to be provided in all buildings owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after it joined forces with a charity to tackle period poverty.

York invests nearly £2m to improve air quality

10/01/2019

City of York Council plans to invest £1.6m in order to reduce the exhaust emissions from local bus services.

Council chiefs warn of dangerous ‘must-have’ toys

24/12/2018

Local government leaders are warning Christmas shoppers to avoid potentially dangerous and fake ‘must-have’ toys.

What will 2019 bring for local government?

24/12/2018

Turbulent waters lie ahead in 2019, says Mark Whitehead, and councils will need to watch events carefully

Clinical Commissioning Groups ‘failing to function effectively’

20/12/2018

An inquiry into the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups has been launched after a report warned many were ‘failing to function effectively’.

Experts warn of ‘economically irresponsible’ health inequalities

13/12/2018

Senior public health experts have called for action to halt growing inequality in provision of services in the north of England compared to the South.

Leeds first council to provide free sanitary products

13/12/2018

Councillors in Leeds are to consider providing free sanitary products in schools and libraries throughout the city in a bid to end 'period poverty'.

Preventable illness factor in life expectancy slow-down

12/12/2018

Preventable illnesses are one of several factors behind the slowing improvements in life expectancy in England, the national health body warns.

Whitehall to cut £85m from public health budget

10/12/2018

Local authorities have warned they are having to make 'difficult decisions' over maintaining public health services.

Council fined £27,000 over Legionella case

07/12/2018

A district council has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after a leisure centre customer contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.

Whitehall announces £1m ‘pocket park’ fund

05/12/2018

Community groups can bid for a share of a £1m fund to help them develop ‘pocket parks’.

Greater Manchester’s reforms ‘as radical as the creation of the welfare state’

29/11/2018

Greater Manchester is radically overhauling the way it delivers public services in what is being billed as a ‘big test for devolution’.

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